Religious Education

Religious Education develops pupils' knowledge, understanding of and ability to respond to Christianity and other principal religions of Britain, increasing their awareness and understanding of the influence and importance of religion, beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, societies, communities and cultures.

Religious Education enables pupils to know about, understand and respond to a range of beliefs, practices and values, including questions of meaning and purpose in life, both intellectually and through reflection on their own experience, making an essential contribution to their spiritual development.

Religious Education encourages pupils to consider and respond to areas of morality in the light of their knowledge and understanding of religious and ethical teaching, enabling them to make reasoned and informed judgements on religious and moral issues.

Religious Education promotes the values and attitudes necessary for citizenship in a democratic society through understanding of, respect for and dialogue with people of different beliefs, practices, races and cultures.

Through the use of distinctive language, listening and empathy, Religious Education develops skills of enquiry and response in analysis, expression, reflection, evaluation and application.

Religious Education does not seek to urge religious beliefs on pupils nor compromise the integrity of their own faith by promoting one religion over another.

Year 7

In year 7, RE  is integrated with History and Geography, in the subject of Humanities.  We study  religion in the local community with a focus on the diversity of religion and forms of worship.

Year 8

In Year 8 students have the opportunity to reflect on a range of influences that inspire us. The students explore the effect of the causes and consequent commitment on the lives of both historical and contemporary religious people. We also study Holy Days and explore the concept of Pilgrimage.

Year 9

In Year 9 students embark on a two year GCSE short course. In Year 11 students have the opportunity to turn their half GCSE into a full GCSE by completing a ‘top up’ course. This has proved very successful with 80% of Year 11 students achieving A*-C

Trips

In Year 7 we take 50 students to the REACTION DAY held at Beverley Minster.

In Year 8 we take 50 students to Northumberland to explore the origins of Christianity. This trip is linked to the topic of Pilgrimage

In Year 9 students attend a ‘Faith to Faith’ Conference

The Aims of Religious Education:

Religious education aims to contribute to the development of young peoples beliefs and values and to develop their knowledge and understanding of religion. Religious education involves:

    exploring and evaluating how beliefs and values affect the individuals way of life
    developing a knowledge and an understanding of the beliefs, practices and institutions of Christianity and other major    living religions
    analysing and evaluating the status and functions of religions in human societies
    investigating religious and other interpretations of human experience

Within this syllabus the word religions usually refers to the living faiths of the world.  Religious education involves the whole personality:

    personal beliefs will be explored
    self-understanding may be gained
    self-identity may be fashioned
    knowledge will be acquired
    skills will be developed
    positive attitudes are to be encouraged
    emotions may be explored